Chace The Great a safe bet


April 15, 2017
CHACE THE GREAT being ridden to victory by Wesley Henry during a race at Caymanas Park in August 2016.

CHACE THE GREAT has thrown away three consecutive races by drifting off the turn since returning from a three-month lay-up. However, if Wednesday morning's exercise gallop is anything to go by, trainer Dwight Chen appears to have finally set CHACE straight, literally so.

As if trying to convince himself that he has rectified the chestnut gelding's drifting problem, Chen brought the four-year-old colt back to the exercise track for a flat five-furlong drill Wednesday morning, six days after a similar exercise a rare occurrence for CHACE THE GREAT, who has been sparingly trained throughout his 15 career starts.

Unlike last Thursday when he ran out in his five-furlong work and posted 1:01.0, ending up three-quarter way to the stands' side, CHACE THE GREAT was dead set against the inner rail on Wednesday, coming home in 59.4, the fastest of two gallops recorded at the distance.

Though he faces tough rivals such as in-form RAS EMANUEL, DANCING QUEEN and Wayne DaCosta's tag team of VISION and LOTTERY TICKET, CHACE THE GREAT, if he stays straight in the stretch run, should use his class to possibly go all the way.

RAS EMANUEL has really looked good since reporting off a six-week break mid-February, finishing fifth at 1000 metres straight behind KING D. He followed up that run by narrowly losing to TALENTED TONY K at 1000 metres round on March 29, finishing a length ahead of CHACE THE GREAT, who gave away twice as many by drifting to the stands.

If CHACE THE GREAT's issues aren't sorted out, RAS EMANUEL could benefit. However, Chen's runner looked good at exercise on Wednesday and gets the benefit of the doubt.

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